Today was the nail in the coffin for the Cleveland Browns terrible season.
After going 10-6 last season, led by long-ball slinger Derek Anderson and Head Coach Romeo Crennel, the Browns are now a dismal 4-7.
The Browns played host to the 3-7 Houston Texans Sunday afternoon. Like they have been many times this season, they were expected to win this game.
The Browns are a disappointing 1-4 at home this season, their only win being the week six Monday Night Football blowout of the New York Giants.
The Texans drew their first possession into an eight minute run affair and capped it off with a 17-yard touchdown catch by Kevin Walter. Kris Brown kicked the extra point and the score was 7-0.
Cleveland got the ball and seemed to be driving well until Jamal Lewis fumbled the ball and Houston recovered it. Houston drove the clock down to the end of the first quarter with the score 7-0 Texans.
The second quarter started with a Houston field goal to put the Texans up by 10. The Browns got the kickoff and started their possession on the 24-yard-line.
Brady Quinn was able to get the Browns down to the Houston 14-yard line but could not get a touchdown on the board. Phil Dawson was called in to kick a 32-yard field goal and the score was 10-3.
The Browns let the Texans move up the field relatively easy, but stopped them at their own 31 and forced a field goal. Cleveland special teams blocked the attempt and saved Cleveland from falling behind by more than one score.
Quinn and the Browns were back on the field and he quickly fired off a 42-yard pass to Braylon Edwards down the sideline. The offense then stalled on several incomplete passes by Quinn and Dawson was called on again to hit another 32-yard field goal. He hit the mark and the Browns were down only four points with 2:20 remaining in the half.
Houston returned the kickoff for a touchdown, but it was called back because of a Houston penalty. The Texans got the ball at the 24. Rosenfels passed a deep ball to Walter for 22-yards just at the two-minute warning.
The Texans drove the ball down the field and with 11 seconds left were forced to kick another field goal. The try was good and the score was 13-6 Houston.
A gutsy call by the Texans got them the ball back on an onside kick and the brought in Brown once again to try a field goal from 56-yards out. He missed wide right and the half ended 13-6 Houston.
Being down only a touchdown, the Browns looked to rebound in the second half. Cleveland got the kickoff and Josh Cribbs returned it to the Cleveland 25. After two incomplete passes by Quinn and a short run by Lewis, the Browns had to punt the ball away from their own 31.
Houston got the ball and made a few short passes. A false start penalty drove them back five yards and Rosenfels was forced to pass the ball again. This time, Brodney Pool picked him off and the Browns got the ball back at their own 45-yard-line.
The Browns had the ball for less than a minute before Quinn threw his first interception of the game.
Houston got down the field but was held to another field goal. The Texans' lead was now 10.
Cleveland got the ball and looked like they had finally put together a good drive that could end with a touchdown. Quinn was looking sharp and Lewis broke off a few good runs to get the ball down to the 12- yard-line.
Quinn threw the ball for Edwards, but Bennett picked it off. That was Quinn’s second interception of the game, and his last pass of the game.
After several short plays Rosenfels fumbled the ball, but the Texans were able to recover and maintain possession. This led to a Houston punt from their own 31- yard-line.
Cleveland got the ball with 14 seconds remaining in the quarter and much to the home crowd's surprise, in came Derek Anderson as the QB for the Browns. Could he come to the rescue and save this team from another embarrassing loss?
Several more disappointing drives, a fumble, and an interception by Anderson later, a Texans' victory was all but sealed.
The Texans walked away with a win on the road for the first time since beating the Oakland Raiders in 2007. Cleveland goes to an embarrassing 1-5 at home. The season is over. Pack it up Browns fans, at least we still have the Cleveland Gladiators arena football team.